Mohammed Image Archive

Monday, February 6th, 2006 5:30 pm by Neal

(Hat tip: Michelle Malkin. Check out her article for depictions of Muhammad gracing the US Supreme Court. Oh, the injustice!)

As the global, Islamic meltdown over the publication of cartoon depictions of Muhammad rages on, it has been reported repeatedly that Muslims are intolerant of any such images or depictions; however, this is simply not the case. Throughout history, hundreds of depictions of Muhammad have existed, and no embassies were burned, no infidel artists were threatened with death, and no coordinated, worldwide protests and riots were staged. Blogger Zombie has assembled and categorized many of these historical and contemporary images at The Mohammed Image Archive. He has this introduction to the archive:

Controversy over the publication of images depicting Mohammed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten has erupted into an international furor. While Muslims worldwide are calling for a boycott of Denmark and any other nation whose press reprints the cartoons, Europeans are trying to stand up for Western principles of freedom of speech and not cave in to self-censorship in the name of multiculturalism and fear.

While the debate rages, an important point has been overlooked: despite the Islamic prohibition against depicting Mohammed under any circumstances, hundreds of paintings, drawings and other images of Mohammed have been created over the centuries, with nary a word of complaint from the Muslim world. The recent cartoons in Jyllands-Posten are nothing new; it’s just that no other images of Mohammed have ever been so widely publicized.

This page is an archive of numerous depictions of Mohammed, to serve as a reminder that such imagery has been part of Western and Islamic culture since the Middle Ages — and to serve as a resource for those interested in freedom of expression.

Do yourself a favor and check out the archive. One of my favorites is from the “Recent Responses to the Controversy” category:

Filibuster Cartoons

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